Bethlehem, PA – September 15, 2023 – YWCA Bethlehem is pleased to announce its inaugural Courageous Healing Luncheon, taking place on October 25, 2023, from 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at Ben Franklin TechVentures at 116 Research Drive in Bethlehem. The event will focus on intergenerational trauma and healing, provide networking and meaningful connections, honor remarkable community members, and raise funds for critical programs and services that YWCA Bethlehem provides. Kathy Cruz, Weather Anchor and Producer for WFMZ and 69 News Spanish Edition Emcee the empowering event.
The Courageous Healing Luncheon will be an unforgettable experience, featuring a captivating keynote address from Kimberly Brazwell, CEO and founder of KiMISTRY. Brazwell is an esteemed expert in intergenerational trauma, justice, and holistic wellness, specializing in the unique intersection of these fields.
Delia Marrero, Executive Director of YWCA Bethlehem, said, “We are fortunate to have Ms. Brazwell at our event. With her dynamic talents, she will inspire and engage attendees, sharing insights and strategies for fostering healing and resilience within our community.”
In addition to the thought-provoking keynote address, YWCA Bethlehem will honor individuals and organizations that have made a substantial impact on Bethlehem’s community. The following esteemed honorees will receive well-deserved awards during the luncheon:
Ally Award: Valley Health Partners Street Medicine
Valley Health Partners Street Medicine delivers primary and urgent healthcare to persons experiencing homelessness in the Lehigh Valley. Their holistic patient-led approach not only ensures high-quality healthcare but also addresses the barriers to accessing these services. By providing care in various locations such as homeless shelters, soup kitchens, streets, bridges, and woods, Valley Health Partners Street Medicine aims to make healthcare accessible to all.
Bridge Builder Award: Anna Smith
Anna Smith, a native of south Bethlehem, has been a tireless advocate for neighborhood-driven, asset- based community development and housing justice. Her impactful work as the director of Community Action Development Bethlehem (CADB) from 2016 to the present, and her prior experiences with Community Action Lehigh Valley, have significantly contributed to empowering communities and fostering positive change.
Information provided to TVL by:
Kristen Fallon, Development Director